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a substantive difference? >> look, i think any kind of -- any time you're criticizing the obama administration on their economic record, you've really got to take into account not just what they've done, but what they've tried to do. have they done enough to lower the unemployment rate to offset inequality? i don't think so. but have they tried to do the kinds of policies that would move in that direction? very much so. i'm thinking of the american jobs act. the minimum wage increase the president proposed back in the last state of the union. the fact they've been blocked along the way so many times by congress is really important if you're doing that kind of evaluation. >> and you have to make that point to so many other different topics. that's out there. look, we can't talk about all this without mentioning friday's jobs report. we saw unemployment fall to 7.0% for the first time since '08. best numbers in five years. what's your analysis of the report? >> well, it was a good report. sometimes we've talked about these declines in unemployment as being due to the fact that people left the la
during the campaign last year obama would have been able to have a lot less headaches than he did in running against mitt romney. just as you want to give the administration a lot of minus scores as they deserve for the botched rollout of obama care, 7% unemployment is a pretty good thing to brag about. >> how about the the republicans? are you hearing from them? >> house speaker john bay march with the improving economics there should be less government help given. they are played the case that things are getting better but it's still a fragile situation we have to keep track of. >> yeah. lynn, i want to go over your latest column which focuses on the president's trip to south africa and robben island where nelson mandela was held. how much of an impact do you think nelson mandela has had on prison obama? >> well, i was standing just a few feet away from then senator obama in 2006 when he was touring robben island. i had a sense his first trip was a pilgrimage. he started his career, as everyone noted, his interest in politics being an anti-apartheid protesters. coming to robben
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